Ten Big Decisions

It's a very simple problem, from the GM chair

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=== Eyes Slideways ===

[COMIC PANEL ONE] You kiddies are desperately hoping for something to occur that might distract SSI, and cause it to talk about something other than soldiers killing people and breaking things.  

[COMIC PANEL TWO] Hector Noesi occurs today.  

[COMIC PANEL THREE]  ::crickets::  :: Dr D thrashes about for a punch line ::

Where is Jeff Sullivan when you really need him?

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The infield battles are not very interesting.  Well, it's interesting to see whether the M's will keep only two catchers, and whether they can find room for Alex Liddi or Nick Franklin.  But 1B-2B-SS-3B are set.

The 5-man outfield rotation is kind of interesting.  However, all of the outfielders other than Morse and possibly Saunders are of roughly equal talent.  Whether the M's give time to Casper Wells or Jason Bay is unlikely to swing the balance of power in the West.

The M's are loaded in the bullpen.  That's not a battle; it's an impending bloodbath.  For the other teams.  I know a couple of pricey AL West teams who had better get their leads by the 6th inning.  

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However, the starting rotation battle is both (1) fascinating and (2) a pivot point for the M's presumed future domination of hardball as we know it.

Cinderella teams occur, and usually they occur because Billy Beane finds five starting pitchers who lock you down.  The M's cleanest path to a big season is by getting a surprise rotation going.  It could like totally happen.  It is most heinously the job of the shot-callers to MAKE it happen.  They can't afford to be feebleminds on their rotation calls.

Capt Jack and Sgt Wedge can afford to indulge their biases on Robert Andino or Jason Bay or Raul Ibanez or three catchers.  They gotta get the rotation right.

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Bill James learned, once he got inside baseball, that Theo Epstein's GM seasons depended on 10 or 12 mammoth decisions he made each season, and whether those turned out to be the right calls.  HERE is where they gotta get it right.  

If you look back from November 2013, and the Mariners turned out to have a great season, it says here it will probably have been -- primarily -- because they made the right calls in the rotation.

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jemanjiMarte has remarkable quickness with the bat and obvious ability to cover the ball, but I'm wondering how they see pop beyond Endy Chavez'14 hours 43 min ago
jemanji's all good chief14 hours 49 min ago
okdanApologies, Doc15 hours 17 min ago
SABR MattThat crop circle may be the coolest and geekiest thing I've ever seen. ..quite a trick15 hours 37 min ago
SABR MattKeel Marte is more Cesar Izturis II than José Reyes II, IMHO15 hours 42 min ago
SABR MattI have not...and now I'm gonna have to look that up15 hours 44 min ago
jemanjiThat's a great catch on 3.1415. Have you seen the Pi crop circle? :- )15 hours 48 min ago
SABR MattOoooooooh...that really...really sucks.15 hours 49 min ago
jemanjiLanguage guys. That's twice. ;- ) Yeah, could that have happened to a less deserving player? That really stings you as a fan. :: moan :: … bright side: it does force the M's into the decision that I was hoping for - and could conceivably give us more intel on Jose Reyes II -15 hours 49 min ago
okdanDamn. Chris Taylor fractured his wrist. Out 4-6 weeks. Big loss for the team, but feel awful for the kid after the hot start he's had.17 hours 12 min ago
SABR MattHappy pi day, everyone! 3/14/15, 9:26:53 enjoy some pie. :)23 hours 46 min ago
SpectatorWilson had the best SLG of any prospect who didn't play at High Desert, but he grades out as strong BA and OBP guy too. And he looks like Megatron. And he went to Stanford for the academics (both his parents have Ph.D.s). What's not to like?1 day 13 hours ago
Gordon GrossWilson can run, though. He's one of my most anticipated minor leaguers this season. His swing is looking good and compact, especially for a big man. If he's healthy, I wanna see if he can take a Winfield-sized step forward into harnessing all those tools.1 day 15 hours ago
Gordon GrossAustin didn't even get a pitch worth swinging at. Throw him a strike at least, ya bum! ;)1 day 15 hours ago
Gordon GrossLara showing off his arm. That's always fun. :) He reminds me of Mike Wilson a bit. Big guy, more athletic than he looks, good arm, not bad at the plate... Mike just stopped progressing as a player at a relatively young age, and then stopped caring. We'll see if Lara can keep making progress. He doesn't exactly have a lightning-quick bat, so that hand-eye and pitch-reading better be sharp.1 day 15 hours ago
Gordon GrossMan, I'd love to see Wilson get into one. He's way above his current level, since he'll be starting off in AA at BEST, maybe the Cal League. But that guy can rake when he's right, and his more compact swing he found in the MWL last year is pretty. I have huge hopes for that dude if he can stay healthy.1 day 15 hours ago
Gordon GrossYup. Still don't like Guiape yet. Medina minus a foot on his fastball.1 day 15 hours ago
SpectatorAn Austin Wilson sighting! Let's hope he stays healthy and fast-tracks! He could end up being better than D.J. or Kivlehan.1 day 15 hours ago
SABR MattBTW re: Happ's velocity...the gun looks a little soft at Peoria. Most of the guys are recording velocities that seem low to me. Farquhar throwing 93 tops, Smith topping out at 91.1 day 15 hours ago
SABR MattYeah Spec...unless you see a pitcher who is a legit .260+ hitter, the hitting doesn't matter much and the fielding...it matters, but the guys who are great fielders are mostly the guys who need to be...the guys who are terrible fielders are mostly the guys who don't need to field much.1 day 15 hours ago